Damselflies: Austrocnemis splendida

Damselflies Austroagrion cyane Austroagrion watsoni Austroargiolestes calcaris Austrocnemis splendida Austrolestes annulosus Austrolestes aridus Austrolestes cingulatus Austrolestes io Austrolestes leda Austrolestes psyche Coenagrion lyelli Hemiphlebia mirabilis Ischnura aurora Ischnura heterosticta Pseudagrion microcephalum Xanthagrion erythroneurum Dragonflies Anax papuensis Archaeosynthemis orientalis Austroaeschna ingrid Austroaeschna multipunctata Austroaeschna unicornis Austrogomphus guerini Austropetalia tonyana Austrothemis nigrescens Crocothemis nigrifrons Dendroaeschna conspersa Diplacodes bipunctata Diplacodes haematodes Diplacodes melanopsis Diplacodes trivialis Eusynthemis virgula Hemicordulia australiae Hemicordulia tau Notoaeschna sagittata Orthetrum caledonicum Parasynthemis regina Petalura gigantea Procordulia jacksoniensis Synthemis eustalacta Telephlebia brevicauda
distribution map
Source: ALA

Common NameSplendid Longlegs
Genus/SpeciesAustrocnemis splendida (Martin, 1901)
AbundanceRare south of Newcastle, uncommon from Newcastle to Cairns
DistributionFound along the east coast of mainland Australia.
HabitatInhabit ponds and other still water with floating material such as leaves and algae.
DescriptionThese are tiny damselflies (about 30mm long). Mature individuals are bronze with pale blue markings which all tend to be orange when teneral. Females may be colored as males and the extent of their pale markings are a little variable.
Similar SpeciesRelatively long legs distinguish this genus. Similar to other Austrocnemis species.
BehaviourThese perch on the water surface (including on algae using water-tension) and tend to only fly a short distance when disturbed.

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